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 This Social Media Research Webinar focuses on social media research that might be useful for presentations and essays.  It will focus on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  There’s a deeper level of social media research using data mining software and other techniques that will not be covered, but links to eBooks and software are below.


Links Used in Webinar to Search Social Media

Google Advanced Search

Social Mention

Social Searcher

Pew Research Center


Michael Thelwall has a number of links to free software, free webinars, and free eBooks.  He is Professor of Data Science,chool of Mathematics and Computing, University of Wolverhampton, UK and head of  Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group.


Thelwall Recommended Free Software:

SentiStrength for sentiment analysis in social web text - analyses 16,000 social web texts per second in 14 languages - with human-level accuracy in most English social web texts. Also used for light displays: Barge 1, Barge 2, Inside Barge, LondonEye lightshow.

TensiStrength for stress and relaxation detection in social media texts.

Mozdeh for big data word association analysis of social media and other texts, supporing: Tweet and YouTube comment time series, gender, word frequency and sentiment analysis. Also for time series analyses of academic publications.

SocSciBot for web crawling and hyperlink analysis.

R code for altmetrics simulations. 


Thelwall, M. (2018). Social web text analytics with Mozdeh. University of Wolverhampton. [Free short book giving an overview of the social web text analytics capabilities of the free software Mozdeh.]

Thelwall, M. (2013). Big Data and Social Web Research Methods [free]. University of Wolverhampton. [This is an updated and extended free ebook based upon the Thelwall's book on webometrics.]





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